vertical-align:baseline'>Early Childhood Resource Center Welcomes Two New
Distinguished Board Members
vertical-align:baseline'>Belden Brick’s Bradley H. Belden and J.M. Smucker’s Melissa Chow are committed to
vertical-align:baseline'>helping promote the healthy development of young children.
CANTON, Ohio (Feb. 7, 2023) – The Early Childhood Resource Center, a Canton, Ohio-based
organization dedicated to the healthy development of children, announced that
Bradley H. Belden and Melissa Chow have joined its board of directors.
Belden, president of The Belden Brick Co., has cumulative years of experience serving on boards and committees throughout the state of Ohio, and has an impressive resume of professional work experience to back it up. After graduating with a major in finance from Boston College, Belden worked for the Chicago Board Options Exchange and for JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York City. Starting at The Belden Brick Co. in 2004 as head of the environment, health, & safety department, Belden’s reach gradually grew as he began to oversee the quality, purchasing, and customer service departments as well. In 2019, Belden was promoted to president.
Belden also serves on committees for the Brick Industry
Association, the Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association (for
which he serves as board president), and the Ohio Manufacturing Association
(for which he chairs the Energy Group). Belden also has served on local boards
for nonprofit organizations, including ArtsinStark and the Canton Regional
Chamber of Commerce.
Chow, director of pet food innovation for The J.M. Smucker Co., began her career at General Mills after graduating from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo with a degree in chemical engineering. After earning her master’s in business administration (MBA) from the University of Rochester’s Simon Graduate School of Business, she was hired by Unilever, then Capital One, where she acquired skills and experience in brand management, new product development, and acquisition marketing. She’s worked for J.M. Smucker since 2016.
“We’re delighted to have people as experienced and dedicated as Mr. Belden and Ms. Chow on our board,” said Scott Hasselman, executive director of the Early Childhood Resource Center. “Their willingness to make time for us in their busy work lives shows how committed they are to the betterment of children, which is what it’s all about at the Early Childhood Resource Center. The child is the center of everything we do, and our two new board members embody that spirit in what they’re doing to help promote the healthy development of young children.”
The child is the center of everything we
do at the Early
Childhood Resource Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Our mission is to promote the healthy development of young children by strengthening families, improving the quality of early learning experiences, increasing school and community readiness, and informing public policy. The Early Childhood Resource Center provides a welcoming atmosphere, inclusive of all people, that honors, respects, and celebrates everyone’s unique perspective. We encourage diversity and the sharing of thoughts and ideas to create a learning environment that’s responsive to the needs of all young children and those who educate and care for them.